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kids' books: once upon a curse
review by MACKENZIE HENDRY, age 8

Once Upon a Curse | ED Baker

In this series by E.D. Baker, there are four books currently with more to come: The Frog Princess, Dragon's Breath, Once Upon A Curse, and No Place For Magic. This Review is for the third installment, Once Upon A Curse, an everlasting fairytale and my favourite so far!

In The Frog Princess we learn of the family curse – if a girl over the age of sixteen touches a flower, she will turn ugly and unkind until they receive a kiss of true love. In Dragon's Breath, Aunt Grassina meets her fate and the worst happens.

Emma's sixteenth birthday is growing near and she wants to find a cure from the fairy who had cast the curse long ago. She goes back in time, over 100 years ago, and arrives at ancestor Hazel's sixteenth birthday. There were a lot of creatures at the party: faries, relatives, and guests of every kind. And then, even though they took great care, the Swamp Fairy was insulted. She became angry and cast her curse:

For being rude to fairy-kind,
There is a price to pay, you'll find.
From those who could not be polite,
We do not soon forget a slight.

If, after your fifteenth year,
You should touch a flower, dear,
All your prettiness shall fade
Leaving you an ugly maid.

Your beauty gone, your sweetness too,
No one will want to be with you.
A nasty spirit, ugly face,
You won't be welcome any place.

Daughters of your family, too,
Will become nasty just like you.
If after the fated hour,
They should touch a single flower.

This curse shall last until the day
A true love's kiss can help convey
That he looks past her nasty ways
To see her true self in her gaze.

This book I now love to the moon and back – it is out-of-this-world-fantastic!

See The Frog Princess, Dragon's Breath, Once Upon a Curse and No Place for Magic for more on this series.


Aspiring to be a writer one day, Mackenzie's current favourite author is Roald Dahl. This dynamic 8-year-old is ready to tell you all about his stories and more! What better way to find out which children's books are good than to choose them from Mackenzie's blossoming collection of Children's Book Reviews?

Mackenzie Hendry, age 8
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